Thursday, February 20, 2020

Montgomery Catholic's Loretto Chapter of National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

On February 19, 2020, the Loretto Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 32 new members into its ranks. NHS President Clare Wilson, Treasurer Chris Valencia, and Secretary Ashley Hayes welcomed the inductees and acknowledged the high level of achievement in academics, leadership, character, and service required for them to join NHS. In addition to the induction of members new to NHS, the Loretto Chapter also welcomed 4 transfers from other chapters: Allison Berg, Mason Branam, Mary Carley, and Madison Kille. Loretto Chapter advisor Jeanene Crenshaw, MCPS President Anne Ceasar, and High School Principal Justin Castanza also presented each senior with the graduation stole that will be worn on commencement day.

The National Honor Society (NHS), established in 1921, is a national recognition program for students who show achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. High School students are selected for membership through an application process and are selected by the faculty council. Candidates must meet the chapter's requirement for scholarship, service, leadership, and character in order to be selected for membership. Continued participation in service projects and upholding the ideals of the school are required to retain membership. Members must also maintain the chapter's required cumulative grade point average, 3.75.

The inductees to the Loretto Chapter of National Honor Society are: Gracie Barranco, Jasmine Blakeney, Maria Cervantes, Aidan Cochran, Carlo De Jesus, Devan DeRamus, Mitchell Dogan, Mai Ellington, Daniel Gacha, Emma Garrison, Angela Gier, Ines Gonzalez-Ansaldi, Alex Hines, Cecilia Hoffpauir, Myles Jordan, Jayla Milam, Camille Morgan, Molly Nicklay, John Niemi, Ellie Pool, Rachel Rodriguez, James Saliba, Piper Schneider, Harrison Skala, Chad Waite, Valerie Waite, Ja’Michael Washington, Alexis Weber, and Chloe Weber.

Graduating seniors from the Loretto Chapter of National Honor Society are: Lorissa Algarin, Sarah Rose Burden, Jack Burt, Tanner Carter, Olivia Cheriyan, Bobby Crawford, Ansley Dean, Nathan Downes, Lainie Doyle, Jason Flowers, Victoria Hall, Ashley Hayes, Michael Hodges, Sofia Izer, Savannah Johnson, Jayla Milam, Denalie Mosakowski, Robert Scott Nation, Katherine O'Connor, Charles O'Donnell, Katherine Perkins, Anna Sadie, Landry Samuels, Elizabeth Speirs, Kinley Tadlock, Chris Valencia, Chad Waite, Clare Wilson, Ja'Michael Washington, Alexis Weber, and Chloe Weber.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

25 Montgomery Catholic Students Selected for Alabama Bandmasters Association Honor Bands

The Alabama Bandmasters Association selects students for its honor bands through a rigorous audition process, and this year a record number of students from Montgomery Catholic’s middle and high school band programs earned spots in both the District VI and State Honor Bands. 12 students from the middle school and 13 students from the high school were chosen to perform in the ABA District VI Honor Bands, and of those, 3 middle school students and 11 high school students will represent Montgomery Catholic in the All-State Honor Bands.

Alex Johnson, Director of Bands, and Kristine Johnson, Assistant Band Director, could not have been more excited about the achievement of their students.

"Mrs. Johnson and myself can't express how proud we are of the record number of All-District and All-State Honor Band members from our school this year,” said Mr. Johnson. “This is just one piece of evidence that displays the character, motivation, and work ethic of our fantastic student musicians."

Montgomery Catholic recently unveiled a new performing arts classroom facility at the middle and high school campus. The new building houses the band, choral, and drama departments and features classrooms for band and chorus, individual practice rooms, instrument storage, and offices for staff. There is also a student center that serves as a gathering space to facilitate club meetings and other activities.

Middle School District VI Honor Band Members: Ella An, Aidan Blum, Hunter Dailey, Sarah Ellis, David Huston, John Scott Jackson, Anna Lathram, Monica Nguyen, Izzy Priori, Keveen Ramirez, Peter Riello, and Hannah Traff

Middle School All-State Honor Band Members: Aidan Blum, Hunter Dailey, and John Scott Jackson

High School District VI Honor Band Members: Michael Algarin, Ryan Avery, Mason Branam, Bobby Crawford, Mai Ellington, Angela Gier, Victoria Hall, Ashley Hayes, Theo Hornsby, Jackson Ingalls, Maddy Kille, Jackson Penso, and Josie Smith

High School All-State Honor Band Members: Michael Algarin, Ryan Avery, Bobby Crawford, Mai Ellington, Angela Gier, Victoria Hall, Ashley Hayes, Theo Hornsby, Jackson Ingalls, Maddy Kille, and Jackson Penso

Monday, February 17, 2020

Montgomery Catholic Robotics Teams Head to State Competition

For the fourth year in a row, the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School RoboKnights will be heading to the VEX Robotics State Competition. Two high school teams, “Happy Little Accidents” and “Insert Team Name Here,” and two middle school teams, “Last Resort” and “The Sevies,” will compete at the state level at the end of February.

Happy Little Accidents team member Arthur Murray is extremely excited about the upcoming competition.

“We’re hoping to make it to Worlds again,” said Murray, whose 2018-2019 team qualified for the VEX Robotics World Competition in 2019. “We’ve been working on our Tower Takeover build since the challenge was announced at Worlds last year.” In this season alone, Happy Little Accidents has been crowned Tournament Champion 5 times and has won two Robot Skills awards and one Excellence award.

The VEX Robotics challenge this year is called “Tower Takeover,” and like in previous challenges, two alliances of two robots face each other on the playing field. The teams are tasked with using their robots to stack cubes of various colors in goal zones at the corners of the playing field. Robots can also place cubes into cups that are elevated above the playing field and increase the number of points scored by the stacks of cubes. Like in previous challenges, robots can score additional points by demonstrating autonomous programs in the first 15 seconds of each round. The remaining minute and 45 seconds are driver-controlled and allow the teams to demonstrate not only their designs but also their skills at operating their robots.

Happy Little Accidents is comprised of Murray, junior and VEX Worlds alumni Aidan Cochran, and 8th grader Hunter Dailey. Insert Team Name Here includes sophomores Chris Lathram (a VEX Worlds alumni), Andres Lemuz, and Jake Talbot. Last Resort is comprised of 7th graders Zack Azar, David Huston, Merritt Payne, Will Sasser, and Jackson Wright. The Sevies includes 7th graders Ben Chitlik, Antonio Lemuz, Jaden Sigler, and Harrison Vaughn.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Montgomery Catholic Elementary Campuses Celebrate Parents Love Lunch

Each year on February 14, the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Holy Spirit and St. Bede elementary campuses celebrate the most special people in their lives: their parents. Parents, grandparents, and other special friends took some time during their busy afternoons to come to campus and eat lunch with their students. It’s a day that both the students and their families find very special, and it is a beautiful way to demonstrate love and caring on St. Valentine’s Day.